Former Liverpool and England player Jamie Carragher has picked his England XI for this summer’s World Cup on Sky Sports’ Debate with Gary Neville.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ The Debate on Thursday night, the former Liverpool centre back chose his staring England side with a 3-5-2 formation with Pickford; Stones, Cahill, Maguire; Walker, Wilshere, Henderson, Alli, Rose; Sterling, Kane all getting the nod.
Carragher chose Pickford as a replacement for Hart due to the lack of game time Hart has been receiving this season.
Stones, Cahill and Maguire all start in a back 3, though unimpressed with Cahill’s form this season, Carragher feels Cahill still needs to start due to his experience.
Walker starts as a right wing back due to how impressive he has been this season for Manchester City and Rose is left wing back. Despite Danny Rose’s lack of playing time, Carragher has still put him on his side because of he feels he is still a slightly better player than Ryan Bertrend but says Rose would need some form of game time and some sort of form.
Wilshere and Alli start in the middle along with Henderson. Carragher feels that there isn’t too much between Dier and Henderson and that it’s a flip of a coin but chooses Henderson as he feels he has more energy.
Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling start up top, with Harry Kane as the traditional striker and Raheem Sterling to offer pace to the forward line.
England have friendlies against Italy and Holland in March, before Southgate’s final 23-man squad is likely to be announced in mid-May.
England were drawn with Belgium, Panama and Tunisia in Group G for the World Cup in Russia and will play Tunisia on Monday, June 18, Panama on June 24 and Belgium on June 28.